Asian Heritage Foundation (Southern Alberta)

Asian Heritage Foundation (Southern Alberta)
Trico Homes

Trico Homes

May 28, 2009 09:24 ET

Asian Heritage Month: Plan It Forum- Free Public Event!

Panel presentations and dialogue on the positive contribution of ethnic businesses to the community.

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - May 28, 2009) - In light of recent controversy regarding "Plan It Calgary" and passages suggesting the abolition of ethnic business "enclaves" and "Asian Malls", ImaginAsian 2009 is proud to host a Panel Forum to address the issues (subsequently revised, rescinded and then re-written) raised in the initial commercial/retail component of the Plan It Calgary Report. The forum will focus on the creation of vibrant culturally diverse communities and the positive contribution of immigrant and ethnic commercial and retail enterprises to this vibrancy.

The forum takes place on Friday, May 29th 2009

At: 1:30 pm- 3:00 pm

Room #307 at the Chinese Cultural Centre - 197 - First Street SW Calgary, AB T2P 4M4

Some of the issues that will be addressed include a definition of "enclaves", policy, history and integration and the impact of various perspectives and legislation on the natural creation and clustering of ethnic enterprises.

Panelists include Alan Norris, President of Carma Developers, Alderman Ric McIver, Alderman Druh Farrell as well as Ken Lee, President of the Calgary Chinese Merchants Association and Romesh Anand, a prominent South Asian community leader and businessman. Forum moderator, Amal Umar, has a depth of knowledge and experience in cultural diversity and integration from her distinguished career with the Department of Canadian Heritage.

By invitation, there will be a luncheon preceding the panel hosted by Trico Homes at the Tang Dynasty Restaurant in the Chinese Cultural Centre from 11:45 - 1:15 pm featuring keynote speaker Teresa Woo-Paw, MLA for Calgary Mackay. The Honorable Lindsay Blackett, Minister of Culture and Community Spirit, is expected to provide opening remarks for the Forum.

Asian Heritage Foundation (Southern Alberta) fosters the appreciation of Asian Canadian's participation and contributions in all aspects of Canadian life. The Asian Heritage Foundation develops and publicly presents a range of social and cultural programs that are designed to promote and celebrate the diverse Pan-Asian cultures that contribute to Calgary, Alberta and Canada's vibrant social and cultural life.

The AHF's key objectives are to celebrate the contributions of Asian Canadians to the cultural, economic, political and social aspects of living within their communities, and within Canada. AHF promotes unity and cooperation among Asian communities as well as between Asian Calgarian groups and the broader Calgary community and develops relationships that will lead to future initiatives.

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